Flovent

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Generic Name: Flovent Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Flovent® (fluticasone inhalation) used for?

Flovent® is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Flovent® is used to prevent asthma attacks. It will not treat an asthma attack that has already begun. Flovent® HFA and Flovent® Diskus are sometimes used together with an oral (taken by mouth) steroid medicine.

How should I take Flovent® (fluticasone inhalation)?

Use Flovent® exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Flovent® is not a rescue medicine. It will not work fast enough to treat an asthma attack. Use only a fast acting inhalation medicine for an asthma attack.

This medicine comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Children using this medicine may need help using the inhaler device properly.

Your dose needs may change if you have surgery, are ill, are under stress, or have recently had an asthma attack. Do not change your medication dose or schedule without your doctor’s advice.

Flovent® is a liquid form of fluticasone that is used with an inhaler device. This device creates a spray that you inhale through your mouth and into your lungs. Your doctor or pharmacist can show you how to use an inhaler.

Flovent® Diskus or Arnuity Ellipta is a powder form of fluticasone that comes with a special inhaler device preloaded with blister packs containing measured doses of fluticasone. The device opens and loads a blister of fluticasone each time you use the inhaler. The disk device is not to be used with a spacer. Follow the patient instructions provided with your medicine.

Do not allow a young child to use Flovent® without help from an adult.

To reduce the chance of developing a yeast infection in your mouth, rinse with water after using Flovent® products. Do not swallow. Pay special attention to your dental hygiene. This medicine can cause cavities or tooth discoloration.

If you switched to fluticasone from an oral (taken by mouth) steroid, you should not stop using the steroid suddenly. Follow your doctor’s instructions about tapering your steroid dose. You may need to restart the oral steroid medicine if you are under stress or have an asthma attack or other medical emergency. Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you may need an oral steroid in an emergency.

Seek medical attention if you think any of your asthma medications are not working as well as usual. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.

Your doctor will need to check your progress while you are using Flovent®. Your vision may also need to be checked at regular intervals.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment, or if symptoms get worse while using Flovent®. If you use a peak flow meter at home, call your doctor if your numbers are lower than normal.

You should not stop using Flovent® suddenly. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.

How do I store Flovent® (fluticasone inhalation)?

Flovent® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Flovent® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Flovent® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Flovent® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Flovent® (fluticasone inhalation)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Flovent® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Do not use the inhalation powder if you are allergic to milk proteins.

Do not use Flovent® to treat an asthma attack that has already begun.

To make sure Flovent® is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Any type of infection (bacterial, viral, or fungal)
  • An infection caused by parasites (such as giardia, malaria, leishmaniasis, hookworm, pinworm, toxoplasmosis, and many others)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Herpes infection of the eyes
  • Glaucoma or cataracts
  • Liver disease
  • Low bone mineral density
  • A weak immune system

Long-term use of steroids may lead to bone loss (osteoporosis), especially if you smoke, if you do not exercise, if you do not get enough vitamin D or calcium in your diet, or if you have a family history of osteoporosis. Talk with your doctor about your risk of osteoporosis.

Do not give Flovent® to a child younger than 4 years old without the advice of a doctor. Fluticasone can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using Flovent®.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Flovent® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Flovent®. Flovent® is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Flovent® (fluticasone inhalation)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction to Flovent®: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • Weakness, tired feeling, nausea, vomiting, feeling like you might pass out
  • Wheezing, choking, or other breathing problems after using this medicine
  • Blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights
  • Worsening of your asthma symptoms
  • Liver problems–nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

Common side effects may include:

  • Cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, sinus pain
  • Low fever, cough, wheezing, chest tightness
  • Hoarseness or deepened voice
  • White patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips
  • Headache
  • Nausea, vomiting, upset stomach

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Flovent® (fluticasone inhalation)?

Flovent® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products that may interact with this drug are:

  • Nefazodone
  • An antibiotic–clarithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin
  • Antifungal medication–itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole
  • HIV/AIDS medication–atazanavir, delavirdine, fosamprenavir, indinavir, lopinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir
  • Steroid medicines–dexamethasone, prednisone, or others

Does food or alcohol interact with Flovent® (fluticasone inhalation)?

Flovent® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Flovent® (fluticasone inhalation)?

Flovent® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Flovent® (fluticasone inhalation).

What is the dose of Flovent® (fluticasone inhalation) for an adult?

Adult and adolescent patients (aged 12 years and older)

Bronchodilators alone: 88 mcg twice daily. Highest Recommended Dosage: 440 mcg twice daily

Inhaled corticosteroids: 88-220 mcg twice daily. Highest Recommended Dosage: 440 mcg twice daily

Oral corticosteroidsb: 440 mcg twice daily. Highest Recommended Dosage 880 mcg twice daily.

What is the dose of Flovent® (fluticasone inhalation) for a child?

Pediatric patients (aged 4-11 years)

88 mcg twice daily. Highest Recommended Dosage. 88 mcg twice daily.

How is Flovent® (fluticasone inhalation) available?

Flovent® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • HFA, aerosol, metered: fluticasone propionate 44ug

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Flovent®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: September 6, 2017 | Last Modified: September 7, 2017

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